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What’s a zoologish?

I am! It would be a pretty large stretch to say I’m an early-career zoologist. I’ve just finished my undergraduate degree. People who use ‘early-career’ tend to mean at the very least PhD students, often post-doctoral researchers or those in their first few years of paid employment in the field. I’m more pre-career, or proto-career perhaps. A zoologist(ish). A zoologish.

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LAST Week Three: Whale Watching and the Blue Flag

For most of this week, we haven’t had any volunteers, which is an interesting change of pace but in some ways a necessary one to catch up after a hectic first fortnight. I’ve enjoyed having time and space to sort myself out and get to grips with things better, but am now feeling ready to welcome the next volunteer who is arriving in a few days. 

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LAST Week Two: Another Day in Paradise

The second week started with our first zero turtle day. I’ll try not to complain too much about a day sitting on a beach in Costa Rica, but it is frustrating! There was only one volunteer with us and I felt quite bad for her, but she’s here a while longer so hopefully she’ll have plenty opportunities. On the boat journey back we saw a pod of dolphins playing very close to us, which made up for it as far as I’m concerned.

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LAST Week One: In At The Deep End

Yesterday marked the end of my first week at the Latin American Sea Turtles (LAST) Osa project. I’ve already learned a lot and have a much better idea of what the next nine weeks of my life are going to look like!

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Wildlife Encounters in Costa Rica

In a couple of days I start my new position as a research assistant for Latin American Sea Turtles (LAST) on their Osa project, so watch this space for loads of info about that. I’m definitely not the all-work-no-play type, so I’ve begun my trip to Costa Rica with two weeks of travelling in the north-west of the country.

Costa Rica takes conservation and wildlife extremely seriously, and I’ve really enjoyed getting to have incredible guilt-free encounters with so much of the wildlife here.

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Cual es tu profesión? Arrival in Costa Rica, and imposter syndrome

I’m sure when the Customs agent in Costa Rica asked what my occupation was, he wasn’t expecting me to freeze in much the same way you do when a distant relative asks you what you want to do with your life, stammering “I’m not- I don’t-“, oh dear. Later in the taxi, the driver asked if I was a biologist, and I said yes because my Spanish isn’t up to explaining the complexities of that situation.

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Calico Groupers Under Threat

My second article for The Conservation Project International is up on their website – it touches on the plight of Goliath groupers but goes into greater depth on the less publicised damage being done to their cousins, the calico groupers. I talk about recreational and commercial overfishing of slow growing threatened species, bycatch, and briefly touch on the need for people from a diversity of professional backgrounds in marine conservation.

The Marine Diaries: The Hidden Treasures of British Seas

Hi! I recently adapted my post on Becoming a British Diver for The Marine Diaries blog, where it is now titled The Hidden Treasures of Britain’s Seas. It’s a much better incarnation of the original post, and I’d love it if you’d go go check it out! They’ve also got loads of other great posts on diving and marine biology careers, including some really cool interviews.

The Rarest Shark In The World: The Ganges River Shark

Hi all! A quick note to say you should head over to The Conservation Project International’s website, both to check out the really cool work they are trying to do and to read my article on the Ganges river shark, the rarest shark in the world.

I’m going to be working with TCPI to produce a series of blog posts on marine (if you’ve spotted that river sharks aren’t marine, yes, shhh) endangered species that need some more love and attention from conservationists (and everyone else).

Next up, the Calico grouper – watch this space!

My First Conference! ASAB Easter 2018

Last week I had the great pleasure of attending the ASAB (Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour) Easter Conference at Plymouth University. It was a welcome break from job hunting and a chance to meet some really interesting people who are shaping the field of behavioural research.

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